Seven Ways to Save Money on Water Costs

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Whether you’re looking to scale back your water consumption for environmental reasons or to help put some extra money in your pocket, there are a number of quick and easy things you can do to reduce the amount of water you use each month. Here are seven tips to help get you started:

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  1. Shower faster. While this may be an obvious recommendation, there’s a reason it’s first on our list. Studies have found that reducing your shower time by just four minutes can save nearly 4,000 gallons of water over the course of a year, which is beneficial for both your wallet and the environment.

  1. Choose ENERGY STAR® appliances. By replacing your dishwasher and washing machine with ones that have received the ENERGY STAR stamp of approval, you’ll significantly cut back your energy and water usage. In fact, by switching to ENERGY STAR-rated appliances you can save up to two gallons of water each time you run the dishes and as much as 20 to 30 gallons each laundry cycle. The less water you use, the cheaper your water bill will be.

  1. Store drinking water in the refrigerator. While residents of many other states tend to avoid drinking tap water, we Washingtonians are blessed with clean, delicious-tasting tap water. When you go to fill a glass with water, instead of running the tap until it’s optimally chilled fill up a pitcher or two and store them in your fridge so you always have cold water that’s ready to drink without having to run the tap each time.

  1. Only run full loads of laundry and dishes. By only running your clothes or dishes through the washer when you have a full load, you’ll significantly reduce the number of times you need to run these machines and will save water and money as a result.

  1. Go with the (low) flow. Installing low-flow toilets and showerheads, or converting your current ones, is a great way to drastically reduce the amount of water you use (and waste). By switching to a low-flow toilet you can save as much as two to five gallons per flush. A low-flow showerhead could cut the amount of water you use while showering nearly in half.

  1. Avoid washing dishes by hand unless absolutely necessary. While certain types of dishware will always need to be washed by hand, the dishes most people use on a daily basis can, and should, be washed in the dishwasher. By letting the machine do the dirty work for you, you’ll not only use about 1/6 the amount of water you would if you hand-washed the dishes, you’ll save precious time as well!

  1. Don’t allow the water to run while shaving, brushing your teeth, etc. It may be a habit, but do your best to avoid making this mistake, as it’s a complete waste of water and money. Instead, turn off the water immediately after you’ve rinsed your toothbrush or razor, and leave it off until you’re finished and ready to rinse off your face or your toothbrush. Studies suggest that making this simple change can save up to three gallons of water each day!

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Has Your Monthly Water Bill Seemed Higher Than Usual?
If you’ve noticed a recent spike in your monthly water bill, it’s highly possible you have a leak in your main water line. It’s important you have this issue checked out by experienced professionals, such as those at Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating, to ensure a small leak in your water main doesn’t turn into a much larger and costlier issue down the road. When you call on us, you can trust our experts will always use the latest electronic equipment and unwavering attention to detail to find and fix the leak well before it has a chance to wreak havoc on your home or business.


Contact us online to learn more about our prompt, reliable water line repair services or to request emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What Are the Dangers of Old Pipes?

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What are the Dangers of Old Pipes | Puget Sound Plumbing

Most home-builders operating before the 1960s installed galvanized iron pipes for the household plumbing system. Despite their name, galvanized pipes aren’t actually made of iron; they’re steel pipes that are covered inside and out by a protective layer of zinc. Over time the zinc can erode from the walls of the pipes themselves and build up in your plumbing system. Not only can this corrosion cause issues for your home’s structure, but also for the health of anyone in your household.

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In addition to the zinc buildup issues frequently associated with galvanized pipes, older plumbing systems can become clogged over time with a variety of mineral deposits. Sediment and even small pebbles within your water can accumulate over decades, creating a clog that decreases water pressure in multiple areas of your home. Acidic water can also completely deteriorate older pipes and result in costly leaks that risk damaging your home’s infrastructure.

Rust Deposits

Rust also builds up in older plumbing systems. While small amounts pose almost no health risk, you may notice that your water isn’t as soft as it used to be. Clothes can feel stiff, even after washing, and your dishwasher might leave behind a residue on plates or cutlery. If too much rust builds up you’ll be able to

taste and see it in your water, as well. While it might not be particularly bad for you, it’s certainly not pleasant!

Water Quality

One of the biggest concerns that comes with old pipes, especially those made of galvanized iron, is the risk of lead buildup and subsequent poisoning of your entire water system. As galvanized pipes corrode and form rust, lead that has accumulated in the zinc over the years can be released and make its way into the drinking water.

Lead is dangerous to the human body, even in small doses, and can cause a variety of health complications. The wide range of symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue

  • Hyperactivity

  • Headaches

  • Weight loss

  • Insomnia

  • Constipation

  • Bluish line along the gums (Burton’s line)

  • Irritability

  • Metallic taste in your mouth

  • Nausea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Poor appetite

  • Reduced cognitive abilities

  • Reproductive problems

Children are especially susceptible to high levels of lead, which can cause permanent damage. As a result, it’s very important to replace any pipes in your home that could possibly release lead into your plumbing system.

Pipe Replacement in Seattle

For emergency plumbing or re-piping services, contact Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating today. Our family-owned and operated company is focused on providing residents of the greater Seattle area with quality service at a fair price.

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Best Toilets Around The World

Different cultures around the world have found interesting ways to process human waste. Many of these toilets utilize new technology to provide users a more comfortable experience. 


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If you are in need of a new toilet, we’ve got you covered! Give us a call today (206) 938-3219 or submit a question through our online contact form!

 


What To Do If Your Pipes Burst

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If a water pipe bursts in your home, it’s important that you act fast to protect your belongings and minimize damage to the structure. Whether it’s due to frozen pipes or an unexpected break in the link, here are some simple steps for you to follow in case of a water pipe burst.


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If you have an emergency that needs a professional plumber we provide 24/7 emergency response service, contact us today!

 


 

What Makes Seattle Drinking Water Different?

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Staying hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. While some people may feel the need to buy a water filter or get their daily intake from plastic bottles, Seattle residents are able to get clear, crisp drinking water straight from the faucet. By keeping their source as natural as possible and carefully treating it in special facilities, the city is able to provide high-quality water to those living in Seattle and the surrounding communities.

 

A Fresh Source

 

Seattle water comes from two large regional watersheds, Cedar and Tolt. Both are large drainage basins that collect rainwater flowing down from the Cascade mountain range. The Cedar River Watershed covers nearly 91,000 acres of land and provides 70 percent of the drinking water to the 1.4 million people who live in the greater Seattle area. The Tolt River Watershed provides the other 30 percent. Both reservoirs are actually owned by the city.

The water is always fresh and never recycled, meaning it doesn’t even come into contact with human hands or pollutants until it comes out of a faucet. The watersheds are completely off limits to the general public. Patrol crews monitor the basins 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure people stay out and the water is kept clean. There are even “No Trespassing” signs posted in multiple locations.

Even with these extensive security efforts, the Seattle Public Utilities company continually tests the water before it even reaches a treatment facility.

 

Fresh Drinking Water in Seattle | Puget Sound Plumbing

 

Careful Treatment

 

Water is diverted from the watersheds into regulating basins, which use nothing more than the power of gravity to continue the water’s journey to one of two treatment facilities. There, a variety of compounds are added and removed to achieve the purest quality.

  1. The first step in the treatment process is the addition of gaseous ozone. Ozone is made from oxygen and serves as a strong disinfectant to remove unwanted flavors. The ozone is diffused through special stones and the bubbles eventually dissolve.

  2. Coagulation chemicals are then added. These chemicals attach to tiny unwanted particles in the water. The particles accumulate into a substance called floc, which is easily filtered out.

  3. The water then flows through six feet of coal filtering material, the same kind used in home pitcher filters. The filters are regularly cleaned to guarantee maximum performance.

  4. Small amounts of chlorine are added after filtration as additional disinfectant.

  5. Fluoride is added to improve overall dental health of anyone who drinks the water.

  6. The clean water then travels from the treatment center to your tap through a series of transmission mains and smaller pipes.

 

The pristine water source and careful treatment process mean Seattle water comes into contact with almost zero contaminants. The most likely source of contamination is from the lead pipes in older homes and buildings, which the City of Seattle is already working to fix.

 

Plumbing and Heating in Washington

 

A clean, efficient plumbing system ensures Seattle’s water will reach you at the highest quality. If you live in the greater Seattle area and are in need of plumbing or heating services, contact Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating today. We’re dedicated to providing our customers with high-quality workmanship and services for the best value.